May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it’s important to raise awareness about men’s mental health. As someone who has personally struggled with mental health issues, I want to share my story in the hopes of helping others.
For over a decade, I worked with therapists and doctors and tried a range of different mental health medications with little success. I was suicidal for 15+ years due to emotional and religious trauma from my childhood. It wasn’t until I took charge of my own mental health in deep and meaningful ways that I was able to find a path for mental health maintenance and balance that works for me using modalities like yoga, meditation, nutrition, exercise, and plant-based medicines.
Supporting Men’s Mental Health
Unfortunately, many men don’t seek help for their mental health struggles, and this is largely due to the stigma surrounding mental health. Men are often expected to be stoic and not show vulnerability, which can make it difficult to seek the help they need. However, it’s important for men to know that it’s okay to ask for help and that seeking help is a sign of strength.
One way to support men with mental health is by creating safe spaces for them to open up about their struggles. This is where peer support groups, like the one I run, Dudes Need Dudes, can be particularly helpful. By having a community of other men to share their experiences with, men can feel less alone and more empowered to take care of their mental health.
There are also a range of resources available for men’s mental health, including therapy, medication, and support groups. It’s important for men to know that there are options and that they can find the support they need to take care of their mental health. Men’s mental health is an important issue that needs more attention. By sharing our stories, creating safe spaces for open dialogue, and seeking out resources, we can help break down the stigma surrounding men’s mental health and create a brighter future for everyone.
If you know someone who is struggling, please reach out to them. If your friend is on your mind, let them know. “We’re all just walking each other home.”
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For more on men’s mental health, please check out my episode of the You Learn You Turn podcast.
More Resources for Men’s Mental Health
- 988 crisis line: If you or someone you love needs immediate help, call/text 988. (En Español)
- National Institute of Mental Health: Men and Mental Health. Warning signs, links to more information for specific mental health diagnoses, and a list of federal resources for men’s mental health.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Mental health and substance abuse resources, including links to support groups.
- Dudes Need Dudes: Coaching, retreats, and community focused on men’s mental health and wellness. (Follow on IG)
- HeadsUpGuys: Information, screening, and support for men with depression
- MensGroup: Online support group for men that covers topics like
- Gaylesta: Mental health support for the LGBTQIA+ community, including finding a therapist or support group
About the Author
Adam is a visionary leader and the creative force behind Dudes Need Dudes, an organization dedicated to empowering men to reach their fullest potential through a transformative process of self-inquiry. His profound insights and unwavering commitment to personal growth have paved the way for countless individuals to embark on a remarkable journey of self-discovery and inner transformation.
As the creator of Dudes Need Dudes, Adam has crafted a unique platform that provides men with the tools, guidance, and support necessary to delve deep into their inner worlds. Through introspection, self-reflection, and intentional practices, Adam empowers men to navigate the intricate landscapes of their lives, uncovering hidden strengths, overcoming challenges, and embracing their authentic selves.
As the author of the thought-provoking book My Divine Plant Gurus, available on Amazon, he offers practical insights on applying love in everyday life. Drawing from a rich tapestry of life experiences and an unwavering passion for holistic well-being, Adam has cultivated a profound understanding of the male psyche. His deep-rooted belief in the transformative power of self-inquiry and personal exploration has inspired him to guide individuals towards a greater sense of purpose, balance, and fulfillment.
Adam’s visionary leadership, extensive training, and diverse background in spiritual practices, including studying at monasteries in Thailand and India, have shaped his unique perspective on personal growth and transformation. He is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor, a skilled psychedelic integration facilitator trained by SCPTR, and has honed his healing abilities through Alchemy Somatic Healer Training.
In Adam, you’ll find a compassionate guide and mentor who is dedicated to supporting others on their paths of personal growth and spiritual awakening. Get to know Adam and embark on a transformative journey of self-exploration and empowerment.